Have You Recently Lost A Loved One?
Losing a loved one is difficult for anyone. Transferring ownership of property or separating assets following the death of a loved one can be a nightmare if not handled properly. After your loved one passes away, you and your family will likely have many questions regarding the distribution of your loved one’s estate, such as:
- Do I need to or how do I open a succession?
- Who gets what property?
- Can I sell property?
- What do we do with our loved one’s business interests ?
- Who is an executor?
- What do we do with a will?
- Can I contest the will?
At The Logan Law Firm, LLC, attorney Gregory J. Logan provides guidance and legal representation for successions in Louisiana. Successions is the legal process for administering the deceased’s estate, including paying their final bills, dealing with creditors and distributing their assets. The process of successions is often contentious and subject to will contests for various reasons, forced heirship issues, breach of fiduciary duties and other complicated matters. Greg can help you. Follow this link to read more about successions.
Did Your Loved One Have A Will?
If your loved one had a will, the testate successions process will result in distributing their assets subject to the terms in their will. Typically, a will names the deceased’s choice of executor to handle their final affairs. However, many people die without a will, or “intestate.” Properly transferring ownership of property of a person who died without a will be subject to the state’s succession laws.
The successions court will determine whether the will is valid, or “prove the will.” This is known as probating the will. The court then determines who will be the executor of the estate. After probate, the heirs then can start the process of petitioning the court to transfer ownership of property and take other steps that may be necessary under the circumstances. If the person who died does not have a will, then the heirs would skip the probate process.
Contact The Logan Law Firm, LLC, Today
As one of few attorneys who are board-certified specialists in estate planning and administration by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as approved by the order of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, Greg represents discerning clients throughout Louisiana with the complicated process of successions.
If your loved one has passed away and you have questions related to estate administration, successions or estate planning, please call our office in Lafayette today at 337-283-4008. You may also initiate a consultation by emailing us through our secure website.